Covenant, Sword and the Arm of the Lord (CSA)

The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (CSA) was a radical Christian organization formed in Missouri in 1971. The CSA believed that doomsday was imminent, and the 224-acre compound was established up in Elijah Missouri as a community for its members. There they trained in paramilitary operations. The group strongly believed in white supremacy, and was strongly anti-Semitic.  Other CSA compounds sprung up over time, notably the CSA Elohim City compound in Adair County, OklahomaRichard Snell was a member of Covenant, Sword and the Arm of the Lord (CSA) who operated a white nationalist compound of Elohim City in Adair County, Oklahoma.  In 1983 Snell had planned to attack the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City by placing timer-controlled rockets in a van or trailer in front of the building.  While building the rockets at the CSA Elohim City compound, a CSA member injured his hand.…

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